The concept of using visitors’ and users’ CPUs to mine cryptocurrencies as an alternative to advertising to them has been around for quite some time, but mostly hasn’t had a positive reception. This is especially true of mobile mining, which could damage batteries rather easily.
When Google banned cryptocurrency mining apps, it may have had concerns regarding the overuse of mobile batteries. Mining coins through one’s phone leads to elevated system temperatures, which in time produces an irreversible crystallization of the battery unit.
However, it seems that the tech giant is allowing certain applications with mining features to exist within its ecosystem. At least this is what we know from a conversation that JSEcoin had with The Next Web.
“We have additionally reached out to the Google Support team to confirm if we are allowed to allow our users to mine our tokens via our official app – as we are aware of their restriction policy,”
said CTO John Sim.
Google provided little clarity on the matter, giving the publication a boilerplate statement.
“We regularly update our developer policies, in accordance with current best-practices, to maintain a safe and positive experience for developers and consumers on Google Play,”
a spokesperson for the company said.
This didn’t last very long, as the application was eventually removed from Google Play. However, when we checked out a new link found in JSEcoin’s announcement thread, we found that the application was once again available.
JSEcoin isn’t the only application permitting mining that is available on the Google Play store. Some of the applications we have seen include MinerGate, Crypto Miner (three variants on the name), Crypto Miner Pro, Neo Cryptocurrency Miner, Monero Mobile Miner, DroidMiner, and CryptoTab.
Some of these applications already have over a million downloads.